Archive for the ‘J-Pop’ Category

Miho Tsujibayashi 辻林美穂 (tsvaci) is a multi-talented singer, composer, songwriter, and arranger from Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture who creates her own music. She uses different sounds like birds (parakeet), different percussion instruments, and other sounds in her music. Miho often collaborates with other artists like Happy Machine, Faded Audio, Tomggg, and performs in a group called Futarino Bungaku ふたりの文学. Discography: Newest CD of Miho Tsujibayashi辻林美穂 called 紡いでゆくこと 12-10-2017. Songs from new album: 1.紡いでゆくこと2.遠いとなり3.夢のデリシャスカロリー帝国 4.つばしラジオ 5.紡いでゆくこと(Instrumental) . Recommended Miho is an outstanding performer that deserves your attention.



Posted: December 2, 2017 in J-Pop
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Lical リ カ ル are an indie progressive rock group from the Osaka area formed in 2013. They have a nice musical presence especially with Rina as the lead singer and are a competent group. Recently Lical participated in the 2017 eo music try in Osaka. The band members are: bass / chorus千尋 chihiro, vocal / guitar璃菜 rina, drums嘉一 kaichi, and guitar 駿 shun. Discography of Lical: 1st album 言ノ花束、水葬と回生 . 1.驟る秒針、雨宙に君は 2. ワールドエンドサイレン 3. 墜落、スカートと黒鍵 4.それは造花 5. 踊る銃口/笑う警報 6. undry (album ver.) 7. empsea 8. cqd 9. cistus albidus. Looking forward to their future songs.


Ki-ichi Beer & The Holy Proximity are an indie rock-pop band from Shimokitazawa in Tokyo. The band doesn’t mimic anyone else and has developed their own original sound while having fun. The band leader work’s at Mona Records in Shimokitazawa. The band members are: キイチビール (Vo/Gt)KD (Cho) 橋本=タフネス=(Ba/Cho), りょう(Key)、タカヒロ (Drums). The band was able to obtain great success through Tower Records Shibuya’s nationwide indie distribution system. They also performed at the Summer Sonic 2017 Festival and recently participated in ROCK IN JAPAN 2017 (RO JACK winner). Discography: 1st Album 世の中のことわからない 1. はじめまして、キイチビール&ザ・ホーリーティッツです。2. 世の中のことわからない 3. 夏の魔法 4. 夏の夜 5. パウエル 6. ビールを用意しててね. Recommended.

I recently visited Mona Records in Shimokitazawa in Tokyo in mid October 2017. I purchased some indie records and enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Mona Records Cafe. Mona Records often hosts lives of upcoming local indie musicians during the evening and on the weekends, operates a cafe, a record label, and sells rare indie music. The area is popular with youth and known for clothing stores, nice cafes and bars, live theaters and indie music venues.




Ecke エッケ are an indie pop band that started in 2012 and are based out of the Tokyo area. Ecke’s music is a mixture of indie pop combined with hip hop and soul to make a modern sound. Their success is based on enduring and working to develop their band and sound to create a band worth listening to. The band members of Ecke are: Drums Yasuyuki Sugawara, Guitar Jun Okuyama, Vocal & Keyboard Nao Mori, and Bass Naoyuki Fukuda. Discography: 1st Album BYPATH 2017.08.23. Songs: 1. Fiction 2. ACCESS 3. Prowl 4. METAL 5. Lamp 6. skit 7. T.Y.O. 8. the Corner 9. 海を見ていた午後 10. Pause. Recommended.

Roji 路地 are an indie pop group from Tokyo. The band has matured and improved since I started to listen to them a few years ago. Roji has a good singer Kozue, band, songwriting, and production and you should support them. The band members of Roji are: Yuzo Suzuki: guitar and synthesizer, Kubota: guitar, Takahashi 993: bass, So Ohashi: drums, and Kozue: vocal & synthesizer. My favorite songs of Roji are: 1. 夏のよる 2. えんとつ屋さん 3. 月と舟(home demo) 4. 80 5. 晴れの日. Recommended and definitely worth listening to.

Rourourourousルルルルズ are an indie pop group that performs in the Tokyo area. They evolved and matured into a more adult sound, including adding new band members, and you will enjoy the results. Their current album was created by the additional sounds of the Sax, Flute, Trombone, SteelPan, Percussion, as well as, the piano, keyboard, violin, guitar, and bass. The band members of Rourourourous are: vocals:モミ, Keyboard, Compose:奥野大樹, Violin:コノミ美希, Guitar, Keyboard:コバヤシアツ, Bass:石垣陽菜, and Drums:渡邊シン. Discography: 1st mini album “All is Vanity.” 2014-04-02 2nd album Lululuz 9-20-2017 songs: 1. Nobody knows 2. (Something of Life) Place to be 3. Memorial on Sha 4. Skyline 5. Night Owl 6. You as usual Letter. Recommended and one of my favorites.

Rollo and Leaps are a rising new indie rock-pop band from Tokyo. The group began their activities in 2015. Rollo and Leaps are worth listening with a good singer and a strong rhythmic guitar influenced sound and their latest song Midnight ミッドナイター typifies it. The band will perform at the famous Rock in Japan Festival in August 2017 that will hopefully boost their career. The band members of Rollo and Leaps are: Vo.Gt. Takaya Hitomi 高谷瞳二, Gt. Ishioka Kazuki 黒田凜, Ba. Kuroda Okuda 小原望史Dr. JACKSON kaki. 1st. mini album “R.”